However, in the months that followed tech sites have reported numerous stories on why the handset didn’t come out last year and is bound to arrive in 2012.
iPhone 5 release date rumored to be delayed until 2012
After the iPhone 4S was released, analysts speculated that the reason why the world didn’t see the iPhone 5 in October was because Apple’s device depends on the LTE 4G technology.
Will Strauss, president of wireless chip market research firm Forward Concepts, said Apple was likely to release the iPhone 5 in spring 2012, when LTE chipsets will be available for thin smartphones.
Moreover, back in April, CEO Tim Cook said that the “first generation of LTE chipsets force a lot of design compromises.”
When Steve Jobs passed away in October, Rodman & Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar believed that the next iPhone would represent “the last project that Steve Jobs was intimately involved with from concept to final design.”
“For that reason … this product will establish the high water mark for iPhone volumes,” he wrote.
The analyst added that from the concept to the final design Jobs followed “closely” all the steps, which should make it a “cult classic” at the time of its release which many assume to be 2012
iPhone 5 could arrive in the first quarter of 2012
According to Alexis Madrigal, a senior editor at The Atlantic, Apple’s next-generation iPhone could come out in less than six months.
The iPhone 5 “is probably going to come out in the first quarter of 2012,” Madrigal wrote last week.
The analyst also predicted that the handset will be a trendsetter in the world of tech in 2012.
“I think the release of the iPhone 5 will be the pivot around which the rest of 2012 turns in tech,” he speculated, adding that the smartphone could set “a whole new standard for communications devices.”
In addition, Madrigal wrote that the iPhone 5 “will be a huge deal,” and that everyone will “casually mention it in dinner conversations” and “strangers will talk about it on the bus.”
iPhone 5 could be released on Oct. 5 2012 to commemorate Steve Jobs’ death
According to rumors, Apple might be planning to mark the first anniversary of Steve Jobs’ death with the release of the much-awaited iPhone 5.
Apple Biter’s Blog at iPhone5Reviewed.com wrote in December that the late Apple co-founder was closely involved with the iPhone 5 in the last days of his life and followed all the steps of the production.
His involvement in the product should make it “cult classic” at the time of its release, probably in the summer of 2012.
“We find these rumors to be very valid, for the simple fact that Steve Jobs gave utmost importance to the design of Apple products,” the site writes.
Because of this, the blog speculated that the date of the launch for the iPhone 5could be pushed to October in commemoration of Jobs’ death.
Steve Jobs worked until the end on Apple’s “next product”
During an interview he gave last October, Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son revealed that the late tech genius was dedicated to the company he had co-founded with Steve Wozniak in 1976 until his final days.
Son recalled an anecdote that showed Jobs’ dedication to his company: “I visited Apple for the announcement of the iPhone 4S [at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California ]. When I was having a meeting with Tim Cook, he said, ‘Oh Masa, sorry I have to quit our meeting.’ I said, ‘Where are you going?’ He said, ‘My boss is calling me.’ That was the day of the announcement of the iPhone 4S. He said that Steve is calling me because he wants to talk about their next product. And the next day, he died.”
While Son didn’t mention any specific product Jobs was working on, recent reports suggest that he may have been concentrating on Apple’s next smartphone, the iPhone 5.
He added, “Even one day before he passed away, the first subject he wanted to call Tim Cook about…he wanted to talk about the next product… That’s the kind of spirit a true entrepreneur would continue to have until they die. He was very sick, very ill. But the announcement of their newest product made him live longer. Physically he could have died much earlier. But his passion, his love for his own company and dream, about the next products, that made him energized.”